Courses

Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

(M) = Methodologically focused course

PS 042 Western Political Thought II – Rasmussen
(TR 1:30-2:45) Block H+
(Cross-listed as PHIL 42)
Examination of some of the central thinkers and concepts of modern political thought, including the rejection of ancient political philosophy and Christianity and the rise of liberalism (Hobbes and Locke); the critique of the liberal outlook in the name of nature and virtue (Rousseau), tradition and custom (Burke), equality and liberation (Marx), and creativity and greatness (Nietzsche); and the attempt to rescue or recover liberal modernity in the face of some of these worries (Smith and Mill). In addition to exploring the various conceptions of nature, human nature, justice, freedom, history, and the good life found in the works of these thinkers, we will also use their arguments to reflect on the health or illness of liberal democracy in today's world.

PS 043 Justice, Equality, and Liberty – Denby
(MW 3:00-4:15) Block I+
(Cross-listed as PHIL 43)
An introduction to the central concepts and problems in the foundations of political order, including the nature of the state, rights, justice, equality, representation, property, law, and coercion. Readings from classic and contemporary thinkers.

PS 061 Introduction to International Relations – Greenhill
(MW 10:30-11:45) Block E+
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts in the study of international politics and to acquaint them with the historical evolution of the modern global political system. The course has three primary goals: (1) to present leading theories and concepts for understanding international relations, including war and peace, trade, and globalization; (2) to examine international history to test theories of world politics, explicate historical events, and explain the evolution of the international system; and (3) to apply this knowledge of history and theory to analyze and assess contemporary global issues and to make predictions about potential future developments.

PS 099-01 Fieldwork in Politics – Gleason
Arranged
Internship placements with such employers as legislators, campaigns, news media, lobbies, law firms, and administrative agencies. Twelve to fifteen hours of work per week. Written assignments, with supporting readings, on organizational structure, goals and strategies, and occupational socialization.
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH INSTRUCTOR

PS 099-02 Fieldwork in Politics – Levine
Arranged
Internship placements with such employers as legislators, campaigns, news media, lobbies, law firms, and administrative agencies. Twelve to fifteen hours of work per week. Written assignments, with supporting readings, on organizational structure, goals and strategies, and occupational socialization.
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH INSTRUCTOR

PS 102 Congress, Bureaucracy, and Public Policy – Berry
(MW 1:30-2:45) Block G+
The focus of this course is on the national policy-making process. Examination of such topics as agenda building, the relationship between congressional elections and public policy outcomes, legislative process, congressional-agency relations, bureaucratic politics, and program implementation.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 103-02 Political Science Research Methods (M) – Masuoka
(MW 6:00-7:15) Block M+
The study of quantitative methods for investigating political issues and policy controversies. Focuses on collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. Emphasizes hands-on training that provides useful skills for academic and professional settings. Topics covered include: measurement, hypothesis development, survey design, experiments, content analysis, significance tests, correlation, and regression. No prior statistics background necessary. Coursework includes problem sets and a final team project. Sophomores only.
Recommendations: PS 11, 21, 45, 46, or 61. A methodologically focused course.

PS 104 Seminar on New Media, New Politics – Berry
(M 9:00-11:30) Block 0
Research seminar on three media sectors: cable television, talk radio, and the political blogosphere. Analysis of the economic foundations of each, advertising, audience demographics, and program strategy. Students will conduct an original empirical study of new media.

PS 105 Constitutional Law – Walsh
(TR 4:30-5:45) Block L+
The development and application of American constitutional law as interpreted in the leading decisions of the Supreme Court. Included are citizenship, the commerce power, due process of law, and the equal protection of the laws. Recent trends in constitutional doctrine.

PS 107 Political Participation and Mass Behavior in the US (M) – Masuoka
(MW 3:00-4:15) Block I+
Patterns of political participation in the United States including voting, other
electoral activity, and protest. Factors explaining political activity. Relationship to public opinion and patterns of representation. Recent controversies and debates, such as decline of partisanship and rise of internet participation.

PS 111 Political Psychology (M) – Schildkraut
(TR 3:00-4:15) Block J+
Political psychology is concerned with the role of human thought, emotion, and behavior in politics, and in the linkages between these elements. In this course, we will explore several key approaches to understanding the psychology of political behavior and will examine the psychological origins of citizens' political beliefs and actions from a variety of perspectives. Topics covered include: information processing, inter-group conflict, attribution, personality, stereotyping, and prejudice.

PS 114 Seminar: Political Representation in the U.S. – Schildkraut
(W 1:30-4:00) Block 7
Advanced seminar examining several aspects of political representation in the United States, including debates about what constitutes "good" or "effective" representation and proposals for reform. Topics include Congressional redistricting, increasing electoral competition, whether Congress should "look like America," term limits, the relationship between public opinion and policy making, and how elected officials learn about public opinion. Addresses democratic theory and the impact that electoral rules have on public opinion, political behavior, and representation. Assignments include two short papers, one research paper, a midterm, and weekly discussions.
Prerequisites: Any American politics course.

PS 119-08 Topics in American Politics: Voting Rights in the U.S. – Walsh
(MW 3:00-4:15) Block I+
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is at the intersection of politics and law. It is now at a critical juncture as the Supreme Court in Shelby v. Holder has struck down § 4(b) of the coverage formula which disables the voting rights remedies set forth in § 5. Our subject is the law of voting rights in the context of democratic theory and practice in the United States. We study some of the major cases on apportionment, political participation, and race in representation. We examine the Voting Rights Act of 1965, minority vote dilution, litigation under Section 2, federal review of voting procedures under Section 5 and recent constitutional challenges to voting rights remedies. We look at partisan gerrymandering and developments in the law following the disputed Bush v. Gore 2000 election.

PS 120 Seminar: Power and Politics in China – Remick
(T 1:30-4:00) Block 6
Advanced seminar on sources of political power and resistance in post-Mao Chinese politics. Debates in recent research over state strength, origins of political reform, development of civil society, prospects for democratization, corruption, censorship, religion, and protest. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Recommendations: PS 126 or HIST 44, or permission of instructor.

PS 125 Building the European Union – Art
(MW 1:30-2:45) Block G+
Introduction to the project for greater economic, political, and security integration among the current members of the European Union in its historical context, economic and political setting, and future ambitions. Covers recent events and important European events-in-the-making, including the implementation of the Maastricht Treaty, the expansion of the European Union, and the EU-sponsored strategies to facilitate democratic transitions in Eastern Europe.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 130 Seminar: African Political Economy (M) – Robinson
(R 1:20-4:20) Block 8+
Theories of political economy with a focus on political liberalization and economic change. Issues include political reform, economic development, gender and sex roles, agricultural policy, debt, poverty, structural adjustment, and emerging African markets. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 131 Democracy and Capitalism in Japan – Fujihira
(MW 6:00-7:15) Block M+
Examines Japanese democracy, capitalism, and foreign policy in comparative perspective. Topics include actors and institutions in democracy (the constitution, political parties, bureaucracy, interest groups, civil society); institutions and policy outcomes in capitalism (labor and financial markets, industrial policy, welfare state, economic inequality, energy and environment); and foreign and security policies (US-Japan alliance, Japan's relations with China and Korea, Asian regionalism, maritime disputes).
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor

PS 134 Comparative Politics of the Middle East – Mufti
(MW 10:30-11:45) Block E+
Survey of the political development of the Arab states, Israel, Turkey, and Iran since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. Focus on the various factors that have helped shape the emergence of political institutions in those countries: history, economics, culture, religion, and foreign intervention. Prospects for future change (socioeconomic development, political liberalization, war and peace) in the Middle East.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 142 Ethics and International Relations – Evrigenis
(TR 10:30-11:45) Block D+
Nowhere does the uneasy relationship between politics and morality become more clear than in international relations. Does justice extend beyond the borders of states? Is it ever permissible to kill, even if it is in defense of one's country? Are there human rights, and, if so, how far should one go to protect them? Ought one feel responsible for poverty on the other side of the world? We will examine some of the most challenging moral dilemmas in international relations, and consider some of the most important responses to them, in an attempt to determine the extent of our duties.

PS 145 Seminar: The Political Thought of Machiavelli – Sullivan
(W 9:00-11:30) Block 2
Topics include Machiavelli's views on Christianity and the role of religion in a state, his insistence on the centrality of foreign policy in defining the nature of a regime, his belief in the necessity of great individuals to found and reorder civilizations, and the relation between his claim to originality and his insistence that the ancient Roman republic is a model for imitation. Machiavelli and the transition from ancient to modern Western political philosophy.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 147 Seminar: The Political Philosophy of Nietzsche – Devigne
(R 6:30-9:00) Block 13
Nietzsche's views of philosophy, nature, morality, religion, art, science, and politics. Analysis of view that "God is dead" and that we are no longer capable of distinguishing whether one value is better than another. Assessment of the qualities that must exist--in both the individual and society--for human creativity to regenerate. Exploration of whether Nietzsche successfully broke from Western political philosophy. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: PS 41 Western Political Thought I or PS 42 Western Political Thought II

PS 153 Seminar in Political Thought: Political Theory Methods: Bodin (M) – Evrigenis
(R 1:30-4:00) Block 8
Developed in two different versions of the same work, one composed in French (1576) and the other in Latin (1586), Jean Bodin's conception of sovereignty shaped the political theories of such thinkers as Hobbes, Filmer, Locke, Rousseau, and Pufendorf, and continues to be recognized as the starting point of the modern understanding of this pivotal political idea. We will trace its development in Bodin's thought by studying the transformation of the Six livres de la republique into De republica libri sex, and consider the ways in which Bodin changed his message and why. We will also examine the ways in which the composition and production of early modern books affected their reception and influence, and think about the challenges that these pose for today's readers.
Prerequisite: Latin

PS 157 Seminar: Markets, Morals, and Religion: The Political Theory of David Hume and Adam Smith – Rasmussen
(T 9:00-11:30) Block 1
Examination of two leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment who happened to be best friends: David Hume, who is widely considered the greatest philosopher ever to write in the English language, and Adam Smith, who is almost certainly history's most famous theorist of commercial society. Analysis and comparison of their views of reason, morality, politics, commerce, religion, and the good life. Readings focus on Hume's Enquiries and Essays and Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations.
Prerequisites: PS 41 or PS 42 or instructor consent

PS 158-14 Topics in Political Thought: Hegel: Religion, War & Freedom – Devigne
(TR 3:00-4:15) Block J+
Addresses G. W. F. Hegel's views on philosophy, freedom, history, war, religion, and the state. Analysis of whether the human spirit develops (consciously or unconsciously) towards greater freedom. Assessments as to what empires, wars, religions, and individuals have contributed to the development of freedom. Exploration as to whether "history is progress" and if the development of modern freedom marks "the end of history." Identifying the role of the state and private property in a free society. Discussion as to whether international conflict prevents a free society from decaying. Examination of the different dangers of nihilism and moral listlessness in free societies.
Recommendation: PS 41 Western Political Thought I or PS 42 Western Political Thought II

PS 0158-15 Topics in Political Thought: Intro to Leadership Studies – Somos
(TR 4:30-5:45) Block L+
This course serves as the introduction to the Leadership Studies Minor. The lectures are designed to equip students with multidisciplinary tools for their future studies. The course accordingly combines theoretical, historical, and applied perspectives on leadership, and covers canonical texts, case studies, and critical discussions about why and how leaders fail or succeed. After taking this course, students will have the foundations to pursue the Leadership Studies Minor with specialized courses in Political Science, Political Theory, History, Literature, Organizational Psychology, and Behavioral Economics.

PS 160 Force, Strategy and Arms Control (M) – Taliaferro
(TR 10:30-11:45) Block D+
Examination of the political, economic, military, and ethical factors affecting the use and utility of military force in international relations. Study of the political and decision-making process by which nations decide to use military force. Study of the major arms control agreements of the post-World War II period, including negotiations currently under way.
Recommendations: PS 61.

PS 168 International Law – Fletcher Faculty
(M 12:00-2:30) Arranged
The function of international law in the international community and its relation to international politics, with special emphasis on the nature of the legal process.

PS 180 Regionalism in African International Relations – Robinson
(MW 1:30-2:45) Block G+
The intersection of domestic politics and international relations in Africa: examination of regional economic communities, regionally based solutions to problem-solving, and new regionalism in the post Cold War era. Particular attention given to state-building and national sovereignty as they impinge on regional projects. Theories of the state, regional integration theory, international regime theory, and constructivist international relations theory frame five themes: the construction of regional norms, transnational civil society, peace and security, trade and economic development, and the African human rights system.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or consent.

PS 181 Public Opinion and Foreign Policy (M) – Eichenberg
(MW 1:30-2:45) Block G+
Study of the domestic politics of foreign policy, especially the relationship between leaders and people, which is central to democratic theory and practice. Examination of public and elite opinions on international issues: nuclear weapons, arms control, military intervention, and defense spending; historical and comparative focus. Inquiry into the determinants of attitudes, the impact of public opinion, the role of the media, and the effects of foreign policy events on domestic politics.
Recommendations: PS 61.

PS 184 Better Than the Truth: Fabricated and False Facts in International Politics (M) – Greenhill
(M 6:30-9:00) Block 10
This senior seminar examines the sources, manipulation and consequences of unverified and unverifiable information in international politics, with a particular focus on the influence of such information on the formulation and conduct of foreign and defense policy. The employment and exploitation of various organizations and techniques for influencing domestic and foreign audiences will be examined through the use of case studies and analyzed in terms of both theory and practice. Sources to be examined include rumors, conspiracy theories, entertainment media, propaganda and myths.

PS 188-20 Topics in International Relations: International Environmental Negotiations – Gleason
(TR 10:30-11:45) Block D+
This course explores major environmental concepts and key negotiation skills within the context of global environmental treaties. Students will learn how the global governance system of treaty making works, looking at relevant actors such as the United Nations, NGOs, indigenous peoples and corporations. Students will acquire negotiation skills through the employment of negotiation simulations and role playing throughout the semester. Students will study techniques such as coalition building, and learn about complicating factors in negotiations such as culture and power. Case studies will include the UNFCCC Climate Change Negotiations, Forest negotiations and desertification negotiations to name a few. This course provides students with an international perspective on the management of today's major environmental problems while also providing insight into how negotiations currently take place and how they may be improved.

PS 188-44 Political Economy of China – Beckley
(TR 4:30-5:45) Block L+
By most projections, China will soon be the world's largest economy. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to China's economy and China's role in the global economy from 1949 to the present.

PS 188-45 Intelligence and National Security – Taliaferro
(TR 1:30-2:45) Block H+
Examination of the role of intelligence in United States national security. Overview of conceptual foundations of intelligence studies and traditional dimensions of intelligence activity (clandestine collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action), and debates about role of secrecy and intelligence agencies in a liberal democracy. Discussion of intelligence in counterterrorism, WMD nonproliferation, and cyber-warfare.
Prerequisite: PS 61

PS 188-47 Topics in International Relations: Water Policy and Politics – Gleason
(TR 1:30-2:45) Block H+
In Water Policy and Politics student will learn about the social, economic and environmental characteristics of water. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will explore the ways in which water is a political tool and how this impacts effective water management at the local, national and international level. Students will be introduced to the ecological roles of water, the political nature of water, water security concerns, water privatization controversies, and the solutions to water management we have thus far developed. Course content will cover such issues as sanitation, valuing water, transboundary water regulation, and women and water. Students will learn to read and think critically about this essential resource through a group online annotation assignment. Through an illustration assignment students will get to use different forms of media to illustrate the political relationships of water. Students will gain the tools necessary to understand water's main properties, management challenges, and potential solutions to water sharing.

PS 189-19 Seminar in International Relations: American Empire – Beckley
(W 6:00-9:00) Block 12+
In this course, students will discuss how the United States became a superpower, how the U.S. government and private citizens have interacted with the larger world, and whether the United States is or will soon follow past empires into decline.

PS 195 Seminar: Politics of Sustainable Communities (M) – Portney
(T 1:20-4:20) Block 6+
Theories and practice of sustainability applied to cities and communities in the U.S. Comparison of specific cities' programs and policies. Patterns of variation in cities' operational definitions of sustainability, and specific local programs and policies that represent local sustainability initiatives. Political conditions conducive to local communities' pursuit of sustainability policies. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 199 Senior Honors Thesis (M) - Eichenberg
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